Craig Bernhardt’s first lesson in working with hand-placed stone came during that first phone call: you have to let the stone guide the project. But if you have to do it yourself, there are some tips to doing it well. Here’s one:
How to make a square corner
- Use a 1,8 metre level to keep the front surface of the wall plumb as you build.
- Adding mortar behind the stones may force them out of alignment. Use the level to push them back to perpendicular while the mortar is wet.
- Don’t check the corner point of the wall to see if it’s level. Check both sides that form the corner. If they are level, the corner will be perfect.